Ron is the former vice president and chief advocacy officer for St. Joseph Health, headquartered in Irvine. He retired in July 2015. In this capacity, he was the lead executive in St. Joseph Health’s fifteen-hospital system, in the areas of advocacy, public policy and government relations. Prior to this, Ron held executive positions during a 27-year career in government, most recently as director of the Orange County Health Care Agency. He is a MOMS Orange County founding board member and has served the organization for 14 years.
“Ron brings a diverse set of skills to the board, including a strong sense of history, a background in governance and advocacy, and an aptitude for navigating complex linkages between government and nonprofits,” says Pamela Pimentel, RN, CEO of MOMS Orange County.
In his new role as board president, Ron will use his extensive experience in leadership, planning and community relations to drive the MOMS Orange County mission to help mothers have healthy babies and families, and to ensure the long-term sustainability of MOMS Orange County. As a husband, a father of three, and grandfather of six, Ron understands the importance of this mission in the Orange County community.
While reflecting on the time before MOMS Orange County’s services were available to the community, Ron says, “The goal was to create an entity that could be a linkage in the community to help women access services.” He was instrumental in MOMS Orange County becoming the largest community-based provider of maternal-child health screenings and education services for low-income, underserved families in Orange County.
Ron received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton, and is a graduate of the Management Executive Program at the University of California, Irvine.